Certifications

Our certification courses are led by highly trained professionals that will assist you in meeting your goal. Whether you are looking to get certified in CPR and First Aid for employment, or would like to be SCUBA certified for your next vacation, our programs can help you along your way.

 

River Rescue Certification

March 22 - 23

A dynamic water rescue course specifically written and designed for private boaters and kayakers. Emphasis is on identifying hazards, thinking through rescues and on RESCUE itself; both of self and others. This course meets agency Swiftwater Rescue certification requirements for river guides and kayakers and its pace allows for thorough integration of knowledge and practice of the skills that matter. This course should be a prerequisite to anyone boating on any river anywhere!  The course addresses the river rescue needs of rafters, cat boaters, kayakers, pack rafters, canoeists, riverboarders and SUP paddlers. More more information visit the Sierra Rescue website.

Program Fee: 
$235 HSU Students • $265 All Others
Day and Time: 
Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00pm & Sunday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Meet in the parking area of Veteran's Park in Willow Creek, CA.

Lifeguard Certification Course

April 8 - 24

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to recognize and eliminate common aquatic hazards, accidents and injuries. Participants must be at least 15 years of age and have excellent swim skills. Includes training and certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Class space is limited. 

Program Fee: 
$250
Program Fee Includes: 
Lifeguard training manual, pocket mask and certification cards
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays and Thursdays • 6:00 - 9:00pm, Saturdays • 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool, 1150 16th Street, Arcata
Notes: 
Makeup class sessions cost $40.00 per hour. There will be a mandatory pre-course meeting that includes a swimming pre-test. Please call the Arcata Community Pool for more information and to register • (707) 822-6801

Wilderness First Aid / WIlderness First Responder Recertification with WMI of NOLS

April 12 - 13

This two-day course covers the basics of emergency care with an emphasis on extended care situations. A Wilderness First Aid certification card is awarded upon completion of the class. This certification is becoming the standard for First Aiders who are more than one hour from more advanced medical assistance. In order to recertify Wilderness First Responder through this WFA course, students must have a current WFR certification from WMI, SOLO, NOLS, WMA or WPT. Students are required to submit a photocopy of their WFR certification cards on the first day of the course. There is a one-year grace period for recertification of WMI & NOLS cards. (Keep in mind that you are not current during this grace period and therefore cannot work as a Wilderness First Responder.) Please check your WFR certification closely. WMI will not recertify cards from organizations other than those listed. CPR is not included. Please note that the registration deadline is well in advance of the course. Minimum class size is 15. For more information on how to prepare for the WFA/WFR Recertification course, visit the following web address: www.nols.edu/wmi/about/faq.shtml#prepare.

Location: 
Nelson Hall East 102 (Goodwin Forum)
Notes: 
$170 HSU Students • $190 All Others
Early Bird Discount: 
A discount of $5 will be given for those who register before March 3.
Registration Deadline: 
March 14 • Registration after this date is possible if there are spaces available.

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

April 12

This six-hour course is the highest level of CPR offered and is designed for first responders and health-care professionals to help care for victims in the event of an emergency. The course contents include recognizing an emergency, legal obligation, preventing disease transmission, working with different breathing barriers for resuscitation, and learning how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive a certificate in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

Program Fee: 
$70 HSU Students, $85 All Others
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Recreation and Wellness Center

First Aid and Adult CPR/AED

April 19

This five hour course gives individuals in the work-place the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care for injuries and sudden illnesses until advanced medical personnel arrive. The course contents include how to recognize an emergency, learning how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies for adults, and how to deal with sudden illnesses, wounds, and injuries to muscles, bones, and joints. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive certification in First Aid and Adult CPR/AED.

Program Fee: 
$65 HSU Students, $80 All Others
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 12:00 - 5:00pm
Location: 
Recreation and Wellness Center

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 (SRTUI)

May 18 - 20

The SRT curriculum is specifically designed for fire fighters, rescue teams and professional rescuers who need the best swiftwater training available! The course is NFPA compliant and meets the required elements for personnel reaching toward Technician Level Certification. The course is very active in the water and is suitable for rescuers with no water rescue experience. The course also offers experienced rescuers the opportunity to develop their skills and push their personal limits on and off the water with realistic rescue scenarios, self-rescue challenges, and lots of hands-on interactive rescues and experiences. For more information visit the Sierra Rescue website.

Program Fee: 
$395 HSU Students • $425 All Others
Day and Time: 
Sunday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Monday & Tuesday, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: 
Meet in the parking area of Veteran's Park in Willow Creek, CA.

River Rescue Certification

May 19 - 20

A dynamic water rescue course specifically written and designed for private boaters and kayakers. Emphasis is on identifying hazards, thinking through rescues and on RESCUE itself; both of self and others. This course meets agency Swiftwater Rescue certification requirements for river guides and kayakers and its pace allows for thorough integration of knowledge and practice of the skills that matter. This course should be a prerequisite to anyone boating on any river anywhere!  The course addresses the river rescue needs of rafters, cat boaters, kayakers, pack rafters, canoeists, riverboarders and SUP paddlers. More more information visit the Sierra Rescue website.

Program Fee: 
$235 HSU Students • $265 All Others
Day and Time: 
Monday, 8:00am - 6:00pm & Tuesday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Meet in the parking area of Veteran's Park in Willow Creek, CA.

Wilderness First Responder with Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS

May 21 - 30

This challenging course is designed to provide outdoor leaders, instructors, guides, rangers and travelers with the knowledge needed to deal with emergencies in remote settings. It is an 80- hour curriculum that meets national standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include but are not limited to: wilderness wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long-term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, plus advice on drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision making. Certifications upon successful completion include: WMI Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and American Heart Association CPR. WFR is recognized by many governmental agencies, outdoor schools, and other institutions as advanced training for people whose jobs require them to operate in wilderness settings. All levels of previous training are welcome. The course fee includes instruction; all course materials including books and handouts, and all certification costs. Please note that the registration deadline is well in advance of the course. Please visit the National Outdoor Leadership School for more information about the Wilderness Medicine Institute and NOLS courses.

Days 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 10: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Day 4: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Day 6: No class
Day 9: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Program Fee: 
$590 HSU Students • $640 All Others. You will be required to pay a 50% deposit to secure a space in the class.
Day and Time: 
See course description
Location: 
HSU Campus, Nelson Hall East 102 (Goodwin Forum)
Early Bird Discount: 
A discount of $20 will be given for those who register before April 5.
Registration Deadline: 
April 18 • Registration after this date is possible if there are spaces available.

Lifeguard Certification Course

June 16 - 21

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to recognize and eliminate common aquatic hazards, accidents and injuries. Participants must be at least 15 years of age and have excellent swim skills. Includes training and certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Class space is limited. 

Program Fee: 
$250
Program Fee Includes: 
Lifeguard training manual, pocket mask and certification cards
Day and Time: 
Monday - Thursday • 9:00am - 3:00pm, Friday & Saturday • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool, 1150 16th Street, Arcata
Notes: 
Makeup class sessions cost $40.00 per hour. There will be a mandatory pre-course meeting that includes a swimming pre-test. Please call the Arcata Community Pool for more information and to register • (707) 822-6801

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